Short Wings at AirVenture 2013

SWPC at AirVenture

Yesterday, Sunday August 4th, was the final day of AirVenture 2013. All reports on our SWPC Facebook page indicate that members of our Short Wing Family had a great time while at the convention. I hope to post some more tidbits of information from the convention and pictures in the next few days.

For now, though, here’s a nice bunch of pictures sent in by member, Bryan Hunt, of Short Wing Pipers he saw at AirVenture. With a couple of exceptions, information on aircraft type and owners was gathered through the N# search engine at


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AirVenture 2013 – Day 5

SWPC at AirVenture

We’re nearing the end of AirVenture 2013. The type club tables in the Vintage building have to pack up and move out by Friday evening so if you are still on your way to Oshkosh you’ll be sad to find the type club area closed up on Saturday and Sunday. I believe the type clubs need to move out of the Vintage Building because EAA needs to set up the space for the Vintage Awards which take place on Saturday. So, if you are around AirVenture on Saturday evening, head on over to the Vintage Hangar for the VAA Aircraft Awards and see if any Short Wings won this year. According to the AirVenture Master Schedule, the Awards Event takes place from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Interested in seeing the AirVenture Master Schedule? Click HERE and you’ll be directed to the schedule page on EAA’s website

I’m planning to post more pictures and some updates from the field in the next few days. There’s been a lot of posts on what’s going on and pictures on the SWPC’s Facebook page so please hop on over to our Facebook page to check things out! Click HERE to go to our Facebook page.

For today, we have a few pictures to share of a past EAA Champion. We posted a picture of this gorgeous TriPacer once already. Thanks to Jerry Isbell for sending in the first picture (click HERE to read about the plane and see the picture).

Another SWPC member, Bryan Hunt, send in some more shots of this gorgeous plane, N3314A, owned by SWPC member Rick Michalek of Iowa. AirVenture’s online records indicate that this TriPacer won a Gold Lindy in the Classic (September 1945-1955) category in 2011 and  a Bronze Lindy in the same category in 2008. You can see in the pictures just how award-worthy this TriPacer is!

Thanks, Bryan, for sharing your pictures with us.

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Member Bob Christensen mentioned in AirVenture article

SWPC at AirVenture

A member of our Short Wing Family, Bob Christensen of Ashton, Idaho, was featured in an article on AirVenture’s website on Tuesday, July 30th. Thanks to member Zac Weidner who posted a link to the article on our Club’s Facebook page.

The article, written by Jack Hodgson is titled Around the Field: An EAA chapter vice president, and a schoolteacher firebomber. In it, Hodgson talks to Bob about OshKosh and his 1960 PA22 Tri-Pacer. The second part of the article profiles two other EAA members, Shahar Golan and his son Roi, both from Detroit.

For a full listing of 2013 AirVenture articles, click HERE to visit the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 News page on their website. 

To read Jack Hodgson’s other Around the Field articles, click HERE

To read the story about Bob Christensen, click HERE or on the image below.

Bob Christensen AirVenture

AirVenture 2013 SWPC Pictures

SWPC at AirVenture

Here’s a bunch of pictures of Short Wings set up for Oshkosh 2013 sent in by SWPC member Jerry Isbell.  Jerry arrived at OSH on Wednesday, July 24th to set up camp for himself along with several other Short Wingers. There’s a group of them set up in Row 64W if you want to stop by for a visit. Jerry noted that SWPC member, Jim Gardner, is typically one of the first Short Wingers to arrive at Oshkosh but not present this year. They had some rain on Thursday night and also on Friday but Jerry reported, “No leaks in my tent and no issues in our entire parking area.”

Saturday morning, Jerry wrote this update on the SWPC Facebook page: “Saturday update KOSH. Was 58 degrees this morning. Last night I slept in sweat clothes and socks and was ok. Heavy rain and thunder again late afternoon yesterday. Today three more of our clan arrive from VT California and Michigan. KOSH is slowly coming alive.”

Thanks, Jerry, for keeping us up to date on our Facebook page and letting us post your Oshkosh pictures and updates on the website!

The pictures shown below are thumbnail images so are somewhat cropped. To view full size, please click on any picture. Clicking on a picture also allows you to view the gallery as a slideshow. Enjoy!

Short Wings Arriving at OSH13

SWPC at AirVenture

AirVenture 2013, EAA’s huge fly-in event, doesn’t open until Monday, July 29th, but people are already arriving. SWPC Member Jerry Isbell flew his Pacer in and has already set up camp along with three  other Short Wings and members of the Short Wing Family.

Here’s a picture Jerry sent in via text along with a note that this award winning Short Wing, N3314A, is parked on the Grand Champion row. An N number search shows that the 1953 TriPacer is owned by SWPC member Rick Michalek of Iowa. AirVenture’s online records indicate that the TriPacer won a Gold Lindy in the Classic (September 1945-1955) category in 2011 and  a Bronze Lindy in the same category in 2008.



We hope to have more pictures from AirVenture 2013 posted on our website soon!

SWPC People & Planes at AirVenture 2013

SWPC at AirVenture

EAA’s AirVenture 2013 is just days away and Short Wingers are already driving and flying in to this wonderful annual event. AirVenture is a great place to meet up with members of our Short Wing Family – but – if you’ve been to AirVenture, you already know it’s a HUGE event and it can be terribly hard to find people there.

If you are looking for SWPC members or airplanes, be sure to stop at the SWPC table located in the Vintage Hangar about 100 feet south of the VAA Red Barn. Our table is managed by member Clete Cisler and should be staffed by Clete and other members from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday the 27th through the evening of Friday, August 2nd.

The SWPC Table is a great place to connect with other Short Wingers! Be sure to sign in and make a note of where you are parked or staying on the sign up sheet Clete keeps at our SWPC table so other people can find you. And, if you feel like getting out of the sun and want to help out the Club and talk to people, sign up to work a shift at the table.

Here’s some info from gathered from our Facebook page on where Short Wings have been know to, or are planning, to park:

Jerry Isbell from Ohio wrote , “there will be about twelve of our Short Wing Pipers just west of the Hangar Café [near row 66W]. We park there every year. Look us up. From California to Switzerland, and many places in between. Just west of us is Jim Gardner.”

Daniel Miller noted that “In the past many Pacer types have managed to be together in the west side of the vintage parking”

Feel free to add a comment below noting where you parked your Short Wing at AirVenture to further help fellow SWPC members find you. If you’d like, you can also comment as to where you are camped in Camp Scholler or post comments about trying to get a group together for dinner at AirVenture or to do some airplane watching with a fellow Short Winger or two!

If you have Short Wing news or pictures you are willing to share on the SWPC website, be sure to send them to

We’ll be posting updates on AirVenture if we can. Check back at our AirVenture page or Latest News page to read the updates.

Leaning Basics EAA Webinar

Have you ever wondered what to do with that big red knob on your Short Wing Piper’s panel? We found this no nonsense video presentation on how to keep your engine happy on the EAA website that you might want to check out.

Here’s an explanation of the video taken from the EAA Video website: “Mike Busch discusses Leaning without fear, the Embry-Riddle experience, a minimal leaning checklist, why full-rich is too rich, how mixture affects power & key engine parameters, how mixture affects the combustion event, leaning made simple.”

The EAA’s Video page of EAA’s website is packed with webinars (internet seminars) and videos on aviation related topics ranging from AirVenture to interviews with aviation legends to information on learning to fly. Hop on over to the EAA Video Player website and check things out!

This webinar presentation is an audio presentation with slides to support the information presented. To view in full screen, click on the full screen button on the lower right corner of the video screen. Then click on the arrow to play.

Webinar full screen image





If a video screen image does not appear below then simply click HERE to view the webinar on the EAA Video’s website